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Land Rover Unveils 2011 Freelander 2 Facelift, gets 2WD Version


Today, Land Rover whisked the covers off its Freelander 2 that benefits from a rather inconspicuous cosmetic redesign, a revised 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine available in two flavors and for the first time in the model's history, a two-wheel drive version.

The exterior styling of the 2011 Freelander 2 has been updated with a redesigned front bumper assembly, a new and less pronounced front grille aligned with the hood, revised headlamps and tail lights, a full width tailgate appliqué and new 18- or 19-inch alloy wheel designs.

Inside, changes are limited to the revised instrument dials and four new seat styles with the option of a Premium Pack that also includes Windsor Leather upholstery, an 8/6 way electric seat, plus unique carpet mats and covered center stowage.

The biggest change is in the engine bay with the introduction of a revised version of the 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine featuring a new variable geometry turbocharger.

The EU5 compliant diesel is offered in two variants, the 150HP TD4 featuring a manual transmission and Stop/Start tech as standard or an automatic gearbox without Stop/Start as an option, and a 190HP SD4 version with an automatic transmission only.

Land Rover said the flagship 190-horsepower Freelander SD4 accelerates from standstill to 60mph (96km/h) in 8.7 seconds and has an increased top speed of 118mph (190km/h).

Following in the path of the Range Rover Evoque, the Freelander will be offered in a more frugal two-wheel drive variant - talk about watering down a brand whose watchword is all-wheel drive and off-road capabilities...

Called the Freelander 2 eD4, it comes with the 150HP 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine and according to the company, it will be the most efficient Land Rover ever produced, with a combined fuel consumption of 47.2mpg UK (equal to 39.2mpg US and 6.0lt/100km), and CO2 emissions of 158g/km.

"The new Freelander 2 eD4 moves Land Rover into the hugely popular and fiercely contested two wheel-drive SUV market," said Land Rover managing director Phil Popham. "The European market for two-wheel drive SUVs represents 23 percent of the segment and we intend to compete strongly here.

"A 2WD option is just one way in which we are developing our vehicles' efficiency whilst adding to the Land Rover range and expanding our appeal to a broader group of customers. We will continue to make the 'world's finest all-terrain vehicles' for those customers who require 4WD but will also now offer an alternative," Popham concluded.

The refreshed Freelander 2 is set to go on sale in the UK from the end of September, with other markets to follow suit.



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By Andrew Ganz

Although it won’t be Land Rover’s smallest offering for long – the automaker’s new Evoque debuts soon – the Land Rover LR2 was treated to a modest facelift, better emissions and some revised trim inside and out. It will also be offered in a new, eco-friendly 4×2 version.

Most notably, the LR2 gains a new front bumper and grille designed to bring it more in line with Land Rover’s other current offerings. Its wheel lineup has been revised as well. Certain markets will gain a trio of new exterior shades and the door handles and exterior mirrors will be painted body color on most models.

Land Rover has also revised its badge; no longer is it gold on a dark green background, it is now silver over dark green. The basic shape and style remains as it has for decades.

Inside, the LR2 gets revised seats and redesigned instruments. European models gain new cloth seat trim, while North American-specification LR2s are expected to retain their standard leather hides.

Under its hood, the LR2′s Volvo-developed inline-six doesn’t see a power output change, but European-market models will now meet more stringent EU 5 emissions regulations.


If it seems like Land Rover is abandoning its roots with the exclusively on road-oriented Evoque, the LR2′s new eD4 front-wheel-drive version should seem even more questionable. Yet Land Rover says that the new model, exclusively for the European market, helps it increase Land Rover’s line-wide fuel economy numbers and it reduces emissions output.

The 2.2-liter diesel-powered eD4 averages 39 mpg (U.S.) and emits a reasonable 158 g/km of CO2 and helps Land Rover compete in the lucrative front-wheel-drive crossover segment. The British automaker says that 23 percent of all SUVs sold in Europe send power to just two wheels.

Don’t look for a front-wheel-drive LR2 in North America, however. Land Rover hasn’t officially announced specifications for the United States and Canada, but we’ll be sure to update you when North American models are confirmed.



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